Vegan Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Fiesta like there's no mañana with these fabulous vegan Cinco de Mayo recipes! From flavorful tacos to creamy bean dips, we've got you covered. Impress your friends and family with these festive plant-based Mexican-inspired dishes that are sure to please a crowd!
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A tray of vegan fajitas with lime wedges and avocado slices.
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With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, there is no shortage of yummy vegan recipes to help you celebrate. When you think of Mexican food, “vegan” may not be the first thing to come to mind. But have no fear, I’ve got you covered with some mouth-watering vegan recipes that will make your taste buds dance the salsa!

These recipes prove that you don’t need to compromise flavor for your dietary choices. From tacos to guacamole, we have everything you need to throw the ultimate plant-based Cinco de Mayo fiesta. So dust off your sombrero and get ready to spice things up because these recipes are caliente!

Not only are these recipes delicious, but they also provide a great opportunity to learn more about Mexican culture and the traditional dishes that are enjoyed during this holiday. So let’s turn up the mariachi music, break out the piñata, and get cooking!

Easy Mexican Appetizers

Vegan Wonton Taco Cups

Ready to impress your guests with a fun and easy appetizer that’s sure to be the talk of the party? Look no further than these delicious vegan taco cups! Made with wonton wrappers and your favorite vegan ground meat, they’re perfect for any occasion, from potlucks to family snacks. With a crispy shell and a savory filling, they’re the ultimate combination of fun and flavor.

Vegan Wonton Taco Boats Appetizer

Vegan Texas Caviar

Texas caviar is a delicious and refreshing appetizer that’s bursting with flavor and is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it as a starter or bringing it to a potluck, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone. And best of all, it’s fish-free and gluten-free, so you can enjoy it without any worries. So grab some chips and dig into this super delicious vegan Texas caviar!

Vegan Texas Caviar | World of Vegan | #caviar #salsa #texas #vegan #appetizer #worldofvegan

Chipotle Corn Ribs

Get ready to spice up your life with these delicious vegan chipotle corn ribs! Who says you need a grill to enjoy the amazing taste of corn? With this recipe, you can savor the flavor of corn any time of year without any hassle. Plus, it’s the perfect party food!

air fryer corn ribs

Mexican-Inspired Bean Salad

Say hello to a delicious and nutritious fiesta salad that’s not only quick and easy to make, but also budget-friendly! This 3-bean salad is packed with protein and nutrients, making it the perfect fuel for your body.

Fresh Bean & Corn Salad Recipe | World of Vegan | #salad #beans #vegan #lunch #worldofvegan

Vegan Ceviche

Get ready for a refreshing and zesty dish that’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Made with hearts of palm, this vegan palmito ceviche is a healthy and delicious seafood substitute. Tossed with fresh lime juice, it’s the perfect appetizer or main dish served with tortilla chips, tostadas or rice. Try it out and see how easy it is to enjoy a tasty, plant-based ceviche!

Vegan ceviche made with hearts of palm in a bowl sitting on a wooden serving platter.

Vegan Mexican Salsas and Dips

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

As a summertime favorite, Tomatillo Salsa Verde never disappoints. It’s great as a snack with chips or as a tasty addition to your meals. For example, it pairs perfectly with Chilaquiles or Totchos!

Easy Tomatillo Salsa Recipe | World of Vegan | #salsa #tomatillo #appetizer #mexican #worldofvegan

Vegan Buffalo Queso

Vegan buffalo queso is the ultimate condiment that will elevate your meals to new heights! It’s so versatile, you can put it on anything and everything. Whether you’re dipping your nachos, veggies, or even macaroni pasta, this queso is the superhero your taste buds deserve.

Bowl of Buffalo Mac and Cheese Sauce Close up with Green Onions on Top.

Vegan Guacamole

Made with fresh ingredients and easy to prepare, guacamole is the perfect dip for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party or just need a quick snack, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. Pair with your favorite tortilla chips or add it as a topping to tacos, burritos, and so much more!

Vegan guacamole in a bowl next to a bowl of tortilla chips.

Vegan Queso Blanco Dip

Looking for a creamy, cheesy dip that’s 100% vegan? This plant-based version is just as tasty and satisfying, made with coconut milk and a hint of coconut vinegar! The coconut milk provides a rich, creamy base for the dip, while the coconut vinegar adds a tangy, slightly sweet flavor. While this vegan queso blanco dip recipe tastes fantastic on its own, you can add some extra flavor and kick by adding chopped jalapeños, cilantro, cumin, salsa, or onion to your liking at the end.

A tortilla chip dipped in vegan queso blanco dip.

Mango Habanero Salsa

This mango and pineapple salsa is refreshing and easy to make! It has the perfect balance of flavor and heat that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Mango habanero salsa in a bowl surrounded by ingredients.

Vegan Cinco de Mayo Sides

Vegan Mexican Red Rice

This tasty vegan Mexican rice is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a flavorful side or incorporated into a variety of dishes. Use it as a filling for burritos, pair it with fajita veggies, or stuff it in roasted peppers for a tasty meal. Give this vegan red rice a try and see for yourself how delicious it can be!

Easy Vegan Mexican Rice

Homemade Corn Tortillas

These DIY corn tortillas are perfect for an authentic Mexican meal on Cinco de Mayo. Once you taste the homemade goodness, you might never go back to store-bought again. Use these hand-crafted tortillas to wrap up these scrumptious Vegan Fajitas for even more deliciousness!

Homemade Corn Tortillas | DIY Mexican Tortillas | World of Vegan | #tortillas #corn #mexican #homemade #diy #tacos #worldofvegan

Vegan Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Try these delicious and easy-to-make vegan crockpot refried beans! Perfectly seasoned, they pair wonderfully with rice, tortillas, and salsa. You’ll never want to go back to store-bought after tasting the rich, creamy flavor of homemade refried beans. Get ready for your loved ones to ask for seconds!

Vegan refried beans in a serving bowl with cilantro and lime slices.

Vegan Instant Pot Refried Beans

Ditch those canned beans and try this recipe for vegan Instant Pot refried beans instead! With the perfect blend of spices, these creamy and delicious refried beans pair well with tortillas, salsa, and other Mexican dishes. Once you taste how much better homemade beans are, you won’t want to go back to the canned stuff!

Vegan instant pot refried beans topped with vegan cheese and cilantro leaves.

Green Chili Soup

Our Green Chili Soup is the perfect addition to your vegan Cinco de Mayo lineup. It’s packed with flavor and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. With a creamy texture and a spicy kick, this Mexican-inspired soup is the ultimate comfort food.

Warming Bowl of Green Chili Soup with white beans

Vegan Elote

This vegan version of the beloved Mexican street food, Elote, is bursting with flavor! Grilled corn is smothered with vegan parmesan and sour cream for an easy and delectable dish that’s perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Plus, it can be ready in just under 30 minutes!

Vegan elote topped with vegan sour cream and cilantro.

Mexican Dinner Recipes

Vegan Pozole

This vegan pozole is packed with fresh and wholesome ingredients, making it a healthy and delicious Mexican soup that you can prepare surprisingly quickly. Enjoy a bowl any night, even on busy ones, and especially to impress guests on Cinco de Mayo!

A bowl of vegan pozole with avocado, radishes, tortilla strips, and a lime wedge.

Vegan Tamales

Wrapped in corn husks, these vegan tamales are a comforting and heavenly meal. The fluffy corn dough and tender jackfruit shreds create a delicious combination. Plus, this recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, and perfect for a fun cooking activity with friends and family.

Vegan tamales, steamed and ready to eat.

Vegan Mollete with Chickpea Chorizo

Mollete, a beloved Mexican breakfast sandwich, is typically served on bolillos and also enjoyed as a brunch starter. This vegan version features protein-rich beans, plant-based chorizo, and melty vegan white cheese. Bolillos are readily available at Latin markets and most major US grocery stores. If you can’t find them, no worries! Simply use 6-inch slices of French bread or plain hoagie rolls as a great alternative.

Vegan Mexican Food | Mollete Recipe by Eddie Garza | WorldofVegan.com

Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Tostadas

With deliciously deep flavors and dynamic textures, these tostadas are sure to become a favorite. For the ultimate experience, pair them with a refreshing glass of vegan horchata and you’ll be in culinary heaven!

Jackfruit tostada on a wooden serving platter.

Easy Vegan Chili

This vegan chili is perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party—it’s packed with a lively mix of beans and bold spices that capture the festive spirit of the day. It’s not only hearty and satisfying but also super easy to whip up in big batches, making it great for a crowd!

A spoon full of vegan chili hovering over a bowl of chili.

Oyster Mushroom Tacos

Add some excitement to your Cinco de Mayo party with these delicious pulled oyster mushroom tacos! The meaty and hearty texture will leave you feeling satisfied, and the flavor is sure to have you coming back for more. You might even want to make these tacos every day!

Vegan Mushroom Tacos With Avocado and Lemon Wedges

Vegan Fajitas

This vegan fajita recipe brings the vibrant flavors of Cinco de Mayo to life with its colorful bell peppers and onions, all sizzling in a tangy marinade. It’s a quick, festive dish that’s perfect for adding a splash of color and excitement to your celebration.

A sheet pan with garnished fajitas.

Beefy Vegan Tacos

Looking for a satisfying vegan taco? Look no further than these beefy vegan tacos! They’re loaded with flavor and veggies, making them a nutritious and filling meal. You’ll be tempted to add even more veggies, and good luck trying to stop at just two!

Beefy Lover's Vegan Tacos | World of Vegan | #tacos #vegan #mexican #healthy #lunch #recipe #worldofvegan

Easy Vegan Burrito

You’ll never get tired of making this everyday vegan burrito recipe! Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with delicious flavors, it’s an easy meal that even meat-eaters will love. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Super Easy Vegan Burrito | Worldofvegan.com | #burrito #lunch #quinoa #healthy #mexican #worldofvegan

Vegan Quesadillas With Creamy Chipotle Bean Dip

Elevate your everyday cooking with these vegan quesadillas served with a creamy chipotle bean dip. Whether you’re tailgating, hosting a Cinco de Mayo party, or snacking at home, this dip is the perfect companion for tortilla chips or quesadilla wedges.

Vegan quesadillas on a plate.

Easy Vegan Enchilada Pasta

This vegan enchilada pasta is a creative and tasty fusion of two beloved dishes—pasta and enchiladas. With its rich and satisfying flavor and texture, this one-pan recipe is sure to become a favorite. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make and requires only one pot, so cleanup is a breeze. Get ready to indulge!

Vegan Enchilada Pasta Dish Served Up for Dinner

Sweet Potato and Kidney Bean Burritos

Looking for a hearty and satisfying meal that’s both delicious and easy to make? Look no further than these sweet potato and kidney bean burritos! Packed with protein and bursting with flavor, these burritos are a favorite in our household. The combination of sweet potatoes and kidney beans provides a nutritious and filling base, while the melty vegan cheese adds a creamy, indulgent touch. Plus, the leftovers reheat beautifully, making them a convenient and delicious option for busy weeknights. Once you try these burritos, they’re sure to become a staple in your home too!

Sweet potato kidney bean burritos in a casserole dish smothered with sauce and vegan cheese.

Mexican Cocktails and Drinks

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This comforting vegan Mexican hot chocolate is the perfect drink to indulge in! With its delicious blend of comforting spices and sweetness, it’s like a cozy hug in a cup.

Vegan Mexican hot chocolate in a mug topped with vegan marshmallows.

Pink Dragonfruit Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is the ultimate showstopper! Swap the vodka with tequila to make a playful and fizzy tropical twist on a classic margarita. By muddling a small piece of dragonfruit into the mix, you’ll create a fun and youthful drink that’s perfect for any occasion. With this vegan cocktail, you’ll be the talk of the town!

Pink cocktail in an elegant glass with mint garnish and a gold striped paper straw.

Classic Margaritas

You’ll definitely want seconds of these classic margaritas, as they are incredibly easy to make with minimal ingredients and, above all, mouthwateringly delicious!

Classic margarita in a small glass with a lime slice on the rim.

Cinco de Mayo Dessert Ideas

Mexican Wedding Cookies

These vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies are a delightful treat, perfect for any celebration! These cookies are tender, buttery, and nutty in flavor. Each bite is coated with a layer of powdered sugar and filled with chopped pecans.

Vegan Mexican wedding cookies stacked on a plate.

Mazapan

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this two-ingredient Mazapan recipe! Made with just powdered sugar and ground peanuts, this traditional Mexican candy is easy to make and incredibly addictive. Perfect for all peanut candy fans out there, it’s sure to become a household favorite. Get ready to indulge in the irresistible taste of homemade Mazapan!

Vegan Mazapan pieces in a stack with one sliced in half.

Vegan Churros

With only six basic ingredients, this Vegan Churros recipe is easy to make, even for those with little cooking experience! These churros have a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, and they’re entirely free of eggs and dairy.

Vegan churros next to a bowl of sweet dipping sauce.

Fun Facts About Cinco de Mayo

  • Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s actually to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla.
  • In Puebla, the holiday is celebrated with a military parade and a reenactment of the battle.
  • In the US, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular time to celebrate Mexican-American culture and heritage. Many schools, museums, and cultural institutions host events and activities to commemorate the occasion.
  • In some parts of Mexico and the United States, it’s traditional to break open pinatas filled with candy and toys. It’s also celebrated with Mexican food and drinks like tacos, margaritas, and guacamole. In fact, it’s one of the busiest days of the year for Mexican restaurants in the United States!
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest margarita every made was set on Cinco de Mayo in 2001. The giant cocktail contained over 8,000 liters of tequila, lime juice, and triple sec!
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